- “In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us.” – Neil Postman
- “My point is that if there were only ten people on Earth, there’s no way that you would think I was dispensable… you would never think those crimes so unforgivable that you’d send me away. I would still be useful. You’d talk to me, you’d work it out. But with so many people, no one person is worth so much.” – Dave Eggers, Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?
- “There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.” – George Carlin
- “The feeling is one born of a too easy satisfaction of natural needs. The human animal, like others, is adapted to a certain amount of struggle for life, and when by means of great wealth homo sapiens can gratify all his whims without effort, the mere absence of effort from his life removes an essential ingredient of happiness. The man who acquires easily things for which he feels only a very moderate desire concludes that the attainment of desire does not bring happiness.” – Bertrand Russell
- Malaclypse: “Everyone is hurting each other, the planet is rampant with injustices, whole societies plunder groups of their own people, mothers imprison sons, children perish while brothers war.”
The Goddess: “What is the matter with that, if it’s what you want to do?”
Malaclypse: “But nobody wants it! Everybody hates it!”
The Goddess: “Oh. Well, then stop.”
– Principia Discordia (quoted in Slate Star Codex)
- “Even the phrase “survival of the fittest” captures the dichotomy. Is it fittest as in physically fittest — yang, courageous and assertive? Or is it fittest as in fits in the most readily — yin, serene and receptive?” – Jeremy Sherman
- “Does what’s happened keep you from acting with justice, generosity, self-control, sanity, prudence, honesty, humility, straightforwardness, and all other qualities that allow a person’s nature to fulfill itself? So remember this principle when something threatens to cause you pain: the thing itself was no misfortune at all; to endure it and prevail is great good fortune.” – Marcus Aurelius
- “The men where you live,” said the little prince, “raise ﬁve thousand roses in the same garden — and they do not ﬁnd in it what they are looking for.”
“They do not ﬁnd it,” I replied.
“And yet what they are looking for could be found in one single rose, or in a little water.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince